1 Picture today - The British Library, the Entrance at Night
By now you already know that I don't post the most amazing pictures of London but the ones I take from time to time while walking about or visiting or going to some meetings with the saints... Here's a picture of the highlighted entrance of the British Library, located right between King's Cross and Euston Station. There's much to say about this place - the best way to know it is to pay a visit yourself! I went in once and there are some special exhibitions sometimes, there are collections, lots of manuscripts and other old books inside, including the old texts of the Bible, etc. Pretty cool stuff, especially if you're interested in books, reading, old manuscripts, the history, etc.
1 Experience with the Lord - the lesson of God's sovereignty and the lesson of the cross
This is just an addition and a continuation of the article I labored on in the morning - the details of Christ’s sufferings for us before He died: He was hated, reproached, mocked, betrayed. In the message for this week there's a short speaking concerning the lessons that David learned before and even after he became king. There were two specific lessons - the lesson of God's sovereignty and the lesson of the cross. First of all, when David was a young boy of 13 years old, Samuel the prophet came and anointed him as king over Israel - that was something amazing and dangerous at the same time. Amazing: wow, David, the youngest of his dad's sons, will be the king over the whole of Israel! Dangerous: there was a king over Israel already, and so when David was anointed as king, Saul (the current king) wanted to kill him!
David's story fascinated and puzzled me when I read it as a young man - if I were David and God told me + anointed me through His prophet to be king, I would "go and claim my throne!" But David waited for the Lord's time. Saul, the current king, ruled for a long time before David became king. Even more: Saul persecuted and chased David, seeking to take his life! Even though for a while Saul had David around him, made him a captain over some troops, and David was very successful for Saul, eventually Saul hunted for David all over Israel to kill him. Wow, if I would be David and the king would chase me around, I would have probably doubted God's word OR worse: I would have probably acted based on God's word and claim the throne + do what's necessary to get it!
But not David: he learned the lesson of God's sovereignty. He knew God is sovereign over everything, and He does things in His time. God's time is not our time necessarily, and He may not fulfill His promise and vision right now, when we want it. BUT He is Sovereign! If we settle this in our being, we will be at peace. All things in our environment, all the ones in our family, all the saints in the church life, the large or small number of saints around us, the people we study with or work with, the people we meet, etc - everything is sovereignly arranged by God for our good, for our perfecting, for our transformation, for God's purpose!
If we don't see and acknowledge God's sovereignty in our lives and in everything, we will struggle, we will fight to obtain what we want to / we think we should have, we will even doubt God's word and His promise... Sufferings especially and the not-so-pleasant-things that happen to us or come our way - in all these things we need to see that God is sovereign. If we see God's sovereignty, we will say AMEN to Him, and we will have hope, peace, and rest in Him
The second lesson we need to learn is the lesson of the cross. God allots us our own cross - and this is NOT the sufferings which results from our stupidity, our mistakes, or our exposure to unnecessary risk. No, there's a portion of sufferings, there's our own cross, which is allotted to us - and we need to take up our own cross with the power of resurrection. Whenever things happen, whenever suffering is here, we can exercise our spirit to bear the cross - the real application of the cross is in our spirit. It's not something outward, and it's not something "inflicted on us by others" - it's in our spirit, applied by The Spirit.
I am not there yet - as someone said, if you are fully perfected, God would rapture you... - but we are all learning these two lessons. We are learning the lesson of God's sovereignty and the lesson of the cross.
What about you - Do you have an experience of the sovereignty of God in your life or your situation? Did God show You that even in your messy and intermixed / complicated situation, He is sovereign? Would you like to share something of YOUR experience? [please do, as a comment to this article]